Extra Books – March 7 to 13

  • Japanese Religious Traditions by Michiko Yusa
    • Published: March 2006
    • Genre: Non-fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Interest in Japanese religions
    • Rating: 3.5 stars
    • Challenges: 100+
    • My Thoughts: 
      • Highly informative! There seemed to be a lot more history, names and dates than actual beliefs but I think this is a very handy introductory book. 
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    • Published: 1969
    • Genre: Science fiction, historical fiction
    • Why I picked it up: On my TBR list
    • Rating: 3 stars
    • Challenges: 100+
    • My Thoughts:
      • I knew this was a war book, but I had no idea it was also science fiction. That was a bit of a shock for me, not a bad one though. Just surprising. It added an whole different interesting level to the book. Not even a level, I suppose, the science fiction aspect was half the point.
      • I think it’s interesting how my ‘war reading’ has developed over the years. In grade four, grade fiveish, I was really into novels told from the perspective of Jewish Holocaust victims, novels that were more about how the horrors of the war played out. Now I’ve been reading novels that deal with all the ideologies fuelling war. Just goes to show you how I’ve grown up…
      • I liked the snapshot narration style. Also I was confused by the narrator in the same way I was confused for The Unbearable Lightness of Being.Character, or Vonnegut himself? I will have to Google that…